- Analysis by KJ David
A version of Huawei's Mate 10 injected with Porsche's luxury branding, the Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design is bound for the affluent Android shopper. Notwithstanding, this 6-inch phablet still suffers from a few off-putting cons, despite boasting several flagship-caliber pros. Let's dive into its specs, shall we?
First up, it joins the plain Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro in introducing the Kirin 970 processor , one of the world's first AI mobile engines. Comprising this chipset is a 2.36GHz + 1.8GHz split-octa-core main processor, an i7 co-processor, and a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit -- otherwise known as an NPU. The forenamed engine places this Porsche Design edition alongside the fastest smartphones as of its 2017 market entry. Together with its equally-promising Mali-G72 MP12 12-core graphics chip and premium-class 6GB RAM , the Kirin 970 chip supports process-heavy functions like Pocket PC , which basically lets the phone act as a central hub for a monitor and other peripherals, consequently adding a high-tech layer of productivity.
Up next is its imaging pros and cons. This Mate 10 offshoot boasts a duo of Leica cameras on its rear, particularly, a 20-megapixel monochrome cam and a 12-megapixel RGB cam. Decorating these cameras are high-class imaging features like a 4K (3840 x 2160) video capture mode , optical image stabilization (OIS) , and a combination of four different autofocus types : phase-detection, laser, contrast, and depth. Oddly, though, its 8-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera is far from on par with 2017 standards, since a lot of its contemporaries boast at least 13-megapixel secondary cams in comparison.
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While the Mate 10 Porsche Design does not sport the 2K-1440 display that we were looking for (It settles for a 2160 x 1080 definition), its 6-inch facade comes with the Huawei FullView OLED architecture in conjunction with the HDR10 technology for brightness optimization. We expected something more than a 402ppi pixel density , though, since a few of its upmarket rivals score somewhere around 500ppi.
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Like the Mate 10 Pro, this Porsche Design edition's assortment of pros and cons is not graced by a microSD card slot , although its 256GB internal storage sounds benevolent. Similarly, its 4000mAh battery is reassuring, especially with Huawei's SuperCharge technology on board.
This phablet sports a glass unibody (with handcrafted exterior) and delivers the Android 8.0 Oreo OS skinned with EMUI 8.0, with a Diamond Black finish tying everything together. So, if you're in the market for a wide-screen Android crafted with opulence in mind, the Mate 10 Porsche Design may be worth a look.
** This phone is also known as: Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10, Porsche Design Mate 10
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